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Ellis County Eyesore May Soon Be Gone After Four Months

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    Ellis County Eyesore May Soon Be Gone After Months

    An Ellis County eyesore may soon be gone, after being left abandoned on the side of the road in Waxahachie. (Published Thursday, July 6, 2017)

    An Ellis County eyesore may soon be gone, after being left abandoned on the side of the road in Waxahachie.

    “It’s been there so long that people just drive on and don’t even pay attention to it sitting there,” said Angela Vickery, who lives near the abandoned trailer home.

    After four months along Business 287 near the exit to the Downtown Square in Waxahachie, the run down trailer is nearly a local landmark.

    “I’d be happy to see it gone,” said Marie Shelton, who sees it every day from her house.

    “Everybody keeps griping about it every time they come to see me, 'when are they going to get rid of that junk out there?' I say 'I don’t know,'" said Shelton.

    Two local men even started a Facebook page devoted to what they call the "287 Trailer Park", where fans of the Texas roadhouse can post their pictures with it.

    “It started out as a joke," Ryan Maxwell said. “If there’s going to be an eyesore on the side of the road like this, we might as well make a little bit of comedy about it”.

    “Even if they do take this beautiful landmark away, we were trying to actually petition Ellis County to keep this here as a historical landmark,” said Maxwell.

    Crippled by a busted axle, the broken down, immobile home was left abandoned by the side of the road in the middle of March.

    The trailer first broke down in Midlothian, then broke down for good in Waxahachie after the owner tried to move it.

    “It’s been a process," said Waxahachie Assistant City Manager Michael Scott. “There’s been a lot of different entities involved to determine the jurisdiction”.

    “Ultimately, it had to go to our attorneys to deal with,” Scott said.

    Waxahachie City Hall finally gave the owner an ultimatum – remove the trailer or they would.

    “They’ve been given a deadline. We’re again trying to work with them to make it their burden to deal with,” said Scott.

    “If they don’t deal with it and dispose of it, then the city will intervene and take care of it,” said Scott.

    The owner was taking the trailer to be refurbished in Navarro County, and now promises to haul it away next week or demolish the whole thing right where it sits, taking it away piece by piece.

    “Within the next week, we will have it removed one way or another,” said Scott.

    But Shelton isn’t holding her breath.

    “I’ll believe it when I see it,” Shelton said.

    The trailer first broke down in Midlothian on March 7, and was moved to Waxahachie on March 15. It has been there ever since.

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